Animal Friends, Pittsburgh’s premiere, progressive Companion Animal Resource Center, seeks an energetic, compassionate, knowledgeable and progressive veterinarian. The incumbent must be an advocate for the health and well-being of community pets, shelter animals and feral cats.
The successful candidate must have a passion for working with people and pets, with a focus on underserved populations. This position requires an outgoing personality and comfort working with diverse populations. The ability to offer education and care in a compassionate, nonjudgmental way is a must.
Animal Friends’ Clinic Services Program consists of three core components each uniquely designed to support a targeted population by offering pets high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter, vaccines and wellness services. The components include our Animal Wellness Center Program offering spay/neuter, vaccine and wellness services; our Mobile Program supporting small, rural shelters and community groups where access to low-cost spay/neuter services is limited; and our Community Program partnering with local veterinary clinics to provide subsidized spay/neuter options for clients in their communities.
As a regional leader in high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter, our program has altered over 73,000 companion animals and feral cats since 2009. Last year, our program provided over 21,000 vaccines and related services. With the opening of the Howard Ash Animal Wellness Center in 2017, we are positioned to increase our annual spay/neuter numbers as well as meet the need for affordable, accessible wellness services for underserved pet owners.
The Clinic Services Veterinarian assists in ensuring that our program meets the needs of underserved communities by providing high-quality, high-volume (HQHV) spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and basic wellness services through our spay/neuter program at the Animal Wellness Center and on the Mobile Resource Center. The Veterinarian also provides support at high-volume vaccination clinics at the Animal Wellness Center and in the community during summer vaccine clinics and Animal Friends for Life outreach initiatives.
Animal Friends and the Clinic Services Program enjoy a positive relationship with surrounding animal welfare agencies, local governmental agencies and veterinary clinics. The organization has been touted as one of the top sheltering facilities in the country and is dedicated to pursuing innovative solutions for community animal welfare issues.
The animal population focus at our Wellness Center is shelter, owned and feral cats as well as shelter and owned dogs and shelter and owned rabbits. Our Mobile clinic supports shelter, owned and feral cats. Other duties include, but are not limited to, physical examination of animals, diagnosing of disease, and monitoring of patients.
The Clinic Services Veterinary is supported by a well-trained technician team as well as administrative staff. The primary responsibilities of this position are:
•to perform high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgery according to the standards set forth by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Spay-Neuter Task Force in “The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs” (JAVMA, Vol 233, No. 1, July 1, 2008) and under the leadership and guidance of the Veterinarian of Clinic Services. •to provide vaccines during surgery and at high-volume vaccine clinics both at the Animal Wellness Center and in the Community. •to perform Wellness Exam Appointments at the Animal Wellness Center.
In addition, the position will require a clinician who is capable of “thinking outside the box” when providing care for pets through our Animal Friends for Life Initiative as well as our other surgical patients with conditions manageable through our current capabilities. It is our responsibility to give the best care to each patient while they are with us.
The candidate must be a positive ambassador for the organization and act as a mentor in guiding staff to work to the best of their abilities.
Maintains close interdepartmental relationship with the Medical Wellness team as well as other departments within the shelter.
Provides direction to Veterinary Technician staff and volunteers during surgery, vaccine and wellness appointments.
Willingness to work in a learning environment and provide support and training for veterinary and veterinary technician students.
The ability to perform or the willingness to acquire the skills to perform at least 30-35 surgeries per clinic.
The candidate must also possess a strong background in clinical skills, a high level of professionalism and the willingness to treat both medically and/or surgically minor illness/disease and minor wounds/trauma.
Ability and willingness to follow professional direction from the Veterinarian of Clinic Services and the Director of Clinic Services.
Ability to work with people of various backgrounds including underserved communities.
Ability to compassionately and skillfully restrain dogs (of all sizes), cats (including ferals) and rabbits.
Ability to perform spay/neuter surgery on dogs, cats and rabbits.
Ability to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment with a commitment to developing long-term relationships with colleagues, clients, and community.
Ability to maintain a positive outlook and to work well in a collaborative environment.
Ability to follow verbal and/or written direction and respond positively to direction and supervision.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with diverse populations and ability to provide excellent customer service.
Strong computer literacy, excellent time management and organizational skills are required.
Access to dependable transportation and open to local travel. Must possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.
Sincere interest in the work, programs and mission of Animal Friends.
The position requires the ability to stand for long periods of time, assist in lifting large dogs, crates, carriers and feral cat traps. The candidate must be able to kneel, stoop, crouch and crawl.
As well, it requires the dexterity to perform high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgeries, and the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time.
Additional Salary Information: Animal Friends offers a competitive wage, a positive work environment as well as staff discounts at our clinic and retail store.
About Animal Friends, Inc
Animal Friends is a non-profit companion animal resource center serving the needs of pets and people for more than 70 years. Our progressive programs have been nationally recognized and include humane rescue, shelter and adoption services for homeless pets, humane education, pet behavior classes, pet therapy, wellness programs and more. In addition, Animal Friends is leading the way toward ending pet overpopulation in western Pennsylvania through comprehensive, community-wide spay/neuter programming. At Animal Friends, we're thinking outside the cage!